Originally Posted by Chris_TC
I said it looks more
filmlike. Which isn't a huge achievement, seeing how the HD DVD is smeary, overcontrasted and completely grain free.
I love HD DVD, but I don't own Mission Impossible, and after seeing these screenshots I don't think I want to buy it, even though I like the movie.
I suppose I should weigh in here.
What you are seeing in the HBO version is compression noise, not detail, for the most part. Also, there is COPIOUS amounts of Edge Enhancement in the HBO version. Just compare the wooden bar across the inside of the store window in the top left corner of the below images...
However, there is also more to this frame than meets the eye.
I think you have managed to capture the HBO version pretty much right on an i-frame, where there is the maximum detail available, while the HD DVD version appears to be in-between.
So yes, in this shot, there may appear to be slightly more details in the HBO version, but that is NOT typical of the majority of the film, but simply a result of the moment captured.
However, anyone can tell that the image looks far more natural (and better) in the HD DVD version. What you call "overpumped" is nothing of the sort, just better. The Mpeg version from HBO just looks "washed out" in comparison.
But again, I'm sure that if someone were to look at a few frames before or after this particular frame, you would find an i-frame in the HD DVD version also, and I'll bet that the detail would far surpass this particlur Mpeg i-frame.
HBO mpeg . . . . . . . . . . . . . . HD DVD . . . . . . . . . . . . .